The Potter's Hands - Being Used for His Purposes

The Potter’s Hands – Being Used for His Purposes: Do you often wonder how or even WHY God uses you? Christian | Worth | Christian Encouragement | Potter and Clay | Faith | Hope | God | Christian Women www.living31.org
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When I first started this blog, this site as a whole actually, it was November of 2015.  I created it because I had a calling to do so.  I discussed this with my husband on a 3 hour trip we were making home to Fort Lauderdale after spending Thanksgiving with family.  We went over it in detail and he gave me some great suggestions.  I got home, full of excitement, ready to create this ministry that I felt called to…that I felt LED to.  I got it all up and running and I was happy with the results.  And then, I did nothing.  I let it sit.  I published it, but I didn’t promote it.  I didn’t blog on it.  It sat.


Why? Why did I do this?  Why did I know that I know that I know God wanted me to do this and then go through ALL the work to create it and then..let it sit?
The answer was two-fold.  For one, I didn’t have enough confidence in my own ability to write.  I had been writing since I was a little girl.  Many in my family thought one day I would be a writer.  But over time, life got in the way and I stopped writing.  I felt that, because I had been so out of practice, I wouldn’t be good at it.  I was looking to my own ability vs. looking at God’s ability to work it out through me.  If I felt called to do it, I should have had the faith to know God would equip me.

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The second reason, and the biggest reason really because I already knew the answer to reason one, was that I didn’t think I was someone that people wanted to learn from.  I was a nobody.  I was no different than any other woman out there so who was I to assume to try to teach anyone anything?  I had no education in theology, no degree in Biblical studies…so who was I?  Well, we know where those thoughts were coming from!  But I bought into them.  I was a nobody! And in the end what it meant was…I was doubting the call in the first place.

The Potter’s Hands – Being Used for His Purposes: Do you often wonder how or even WHY God uses you? Christian | Worth | Christian Encouragement | Potter and Clay | Faith | Hope | God | Christian Women www.living31.org

What I had to come to terms with was that God uses the plain and ordinary for the extraordinary.  And He has done this countless times in scripture.  He took a shepherd boy and turned him into a King.  He took a grumbling fisherman and made him a leader of the Church.  He took a Hebrew who was “dull of speech” and had him lead the people out of Egypt.  And most of all, He Himself took the form of an infant…a baby lying in hay in a manger, to set the captives free…to give us eternal salvation!  He could have been anything He wanted!  But He chose to be plain.  He chose to be ordinary.  And I think I know why.  It is the plain piece of clay that can be most easily molded into something beautiful.  And it is the plain and ordinary we can most closely identify with.

 

Have you ever looked at a lump of clay?  It is just that…a lump.  It is a formless, plain piece of well…nothingness.  But oh…the potential in that piece!  The potter then gets his/her hands on it and shapes it and forms it and puts it through the fire to turn it into something useful…something beautiful.  It is original because the hands that made it won’t make any two pieces exactly alike.  It becomes set, it becomes tougher in the fire…and takes the shape and form the potter imaged in their mind.   But the only way to turn it into what the potter wants is to put it through the fire.

 

I had to go through the fire.  I had to go through a period of testing and working out the doubts, the fears, the uncertainties.  I had to go through the inner battle between what God was telling me to do and an enemy telling me it couldn’t be done…not by me anyway.  I had to finally face my fear and choose to believe what God was telling me instead of the lies the enemy told me.  And in November of 2016 I put it out there.  I did it in baby steps..even then being afraid to just leap out there.  I had some friends look at it first.  Then I took it to broader social media and now it is out there for the world to see.
God takes us, as Jeremiah 18 refers to…as a lump of clay…plain, unassuming, without the finished product and he puts us through the fire where we battle our doubts, our fears, the harsh words of critics, the laughter of naysayers…and we come out a beautiful work of art that He can use.

 

Beautiful woman…you are a beautiful piece of art formed by the hands of God Himself.  And like silver, you are refined in the fires of your life.  Like that clay you are molded in God’s hands and put through the fire to become His masterpiece.  You can do whatever God calls you to do…whether it is to lead a ministry or lead a toddler.  Whether you are to teach thousands or teach those in your home.  You are a gift that God has handcrafted.  So never despise the fires you go through because it is those fires that mold you.

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INSERT YOUR NAME HERE, you can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens you.  (Philippians 4:13)

 

He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.   (Jeremiah 18:6)

 

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26 Comments

  1. It's true. If God calls us to it, he will help us do it.

  2. Thanks for sharing! So full of encouragement. I know I've gone through phases and it's really a constant thing to keep my focus on Him and what only He can do through me. Keep at it! He's got you!

  3. I've always loved the perspective of the Potter's Hands. It makes God that more real to me! I have just experienced his hand in my life, and how he uses our gifts. It's very precious to be given some insight into that, when God has no obligation to show you where he's leading. What a blessing! You've written that lesson well.

    Thanks!

    • Thank you so much April! I have always loved that perspective as well as the Refiner's Fire. I am glad it was a blessing to you! Thank you so much for visiting!!

  4. I completely relate! I still struggle with self doubt sometimes but then I think, the enemy wouldn't be fighting so hard to bring me down if I wasn't serving God's purpose. Knowing I am following God's desires for my life gives me courage to keep going.

    • You're exactly right Kira. If they enemy was happy with you where you were he'd leave you alone! So you are on the right track!!

  5. While I don't share the same niche, a lot of what you posted here resonated with me and I can definitely relate to it as well. My first blog was started in August 2015, and I had a good run of it in the six months I was posting, but didn't know what I was doing and had other things getting in my way. Now I started a new blog last month, about six weeks ago now, and it's going a lot better. Sometimes God just has to help us along, and for me it was changing my situation and providing me a way to actually do what I needed to do to make it happen. I feel like He is really paving a way for me to help others and make a living through one of my biggest passions. I'm glad He helped you to find a way back to your blog and that you're also posting! This was an amazing blog post!

    • Bonnie thank you and I'm checking out your blog right now!!! It's definitely a growth process and I'm glad you found what works!!

  6. As a new "official blogger" this post was so encouraging to me. Not only for this new journey I'm taking, but also for the roles and calling The Lord has for me as a woman, wife, mother, professional, etc. This is a great reminder that if The Lord calls you to do something, He will give you the grace and strength to do it and do it well. Thank you!!

    • Melissa I am so glad you found it encouraging!! Thank you so much for your comments!!

  7. This post relates to me and my blogging days as well. Praise God that he is molding us after His will, and allowing us to share his insight to others. I'm tweeting this today:) visiting from By His Grace bloggers.
    your sis, Sue @ mamaofthreeboys.com

    • Sue thank you so much for your comment and for your tweet!! I appreciate that very much!!

  8. Really encouraging and uplifting! It's so wonderful how the Lord calls us to amazing works and makes us able, not of ourselves, but through His power and might! Thanks for sharing!

    God bless,
    Patty

    • Patty I'm glad you found it encouraging and I thank you for taking the time to comment!! It IS wonderful how He uses us!!!

  9. Thanks for this. I think sometimes we all feel this way, "Who am I that God would use me?" But it's just as you say, He uses anyone willing to be used by Him. I love this reminder this morning!!

    • Keri thank you so much for your comments!! I am so happy many found this encouraging!! It shows we all feel that way much of the time...who am I?

  10. This spoke to me. I find myself navigating those same feelings and doubts. I'm so glad you launches your blog. You have a unique voice and I enjoy reading your work. I love the potter and clay analogy. What amazes me is that a potter already has the finished product in mind when he starts the process.

    • Ailie isn't that awesome?? He knew exactly what He was shaping when He made us! Thank you so much for your comments and your support!!

  11. This is a beautiful and inspiring post. I appreciate your perspective as a blogger and knowing that God called you to start your blog. I know that I have been called to tell my story and encourage and inspire others. You have encouraged me today.

    • I am so glad you found it encouraging! I love your blog and look forward to seeing more of what you do!

  12. This describes a lot of the same journey I've been on! Thank you!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I am glad it resonated with you somehow!

  13. "If I felt called to do it, I should have had the faith to know God would equip me."

    I got so excited when I read this. I've said that almost verbatim. As for the rest of the post, Diane, I can say with no hesitations that I'm so glad I chose to read this tonight. It was exactly what I needed. As I set things in motion to really try to help young Christian mothers engage with each other, I keep thinking, "But who am I to really do this? I'm just a woman in the middle of Nowhere, Ga." You are so right though - God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary. So tonight, I feel humbled after reading your post. As somebody who has taken pottery, I already know that the clay doesn't always cooperate with the potter, but I don't want to be /that/ piece of clay. I want to allow God to work through me.

    Thank you again.

    • Lauren your comment really moved and humbled me. I love seeing God use something like this to help or encourage someone. And you are absolutely right...the clay doesn't always cooperate (as I have learned after several attempts at pottery myself...it is NOT my calling lol) and that is something important to remember! Thank you so much for your wonderful words and I am so glad it helped you.

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